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Golf - 06. July 2019.

Rolex Ranking No. 1 Sung Hyun Park Dominates at Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park continues to dominate the leaderboard, adding a bogey-free round of 62 to yesterday’s 65 to take a one shot lead from Yealimi Noh, at 17-under-par at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic at Oneida.

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Park, who is coming off a victory, last week in Arkansas, continues to display why she is at the top of the Rolex Rankings by posting a new tournament 36-hole record, beating Sei Young Kim’s 2018 score by a single stroke.

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The two-time major champion started on the 10th hole and turned in 31 strokes, before adding a further gain at 12th hole and a run of four consecutive birdies to finish.

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Park Added, “I think today’s round went really well, my putting was especially at its best.

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“I have experience playing in the last group from last week and I’d like to keep this momentum going.”

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A shot adrift, making only her third LPGA appearance, is 17-year-old American Monday Qualifier, Yealimi Noh.

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The Californian, who turned down a place at UCLA to turn professional, has performed fearlessly thus far, adding a round of 65 (-7) to her 63 (-9) yesterday, including two closing birdies to ensure she joins Park in the final group of the day off at 3:25pm tomorrow.

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Noh said, “I’m just really excited to play with amazing players and just see how they play and learn from them.

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“I missed like five Monday qualifiers in a row before this but I knew that my game could do better. I just needed the opportunity to play on the LPGA and finally playing here and playing well is like a dream come true.”

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Lurking a further shot behind at 15 under par, after a second consecutive bogey-free round is Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn.

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Seeking her first victory of the season, the reigning Race to CME Globe winner and Rolex Player of the Year, still considers herself to have left a few strokes out there.

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“I still feel I can get better because I missed a lot of tee shots. I didn’t hit it much in the fairway.

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“I really like this course though because I love the greens here, I feel like I can roll my putts well.”

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Making the most of the morning conditions, having played in the tricky afternoon breeze on Thursday, were America’s Mina Harigae and Tiffany Joh.

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The pair who fired rounds of 63 and 66 respectively, hit the top of the leaderboard at 14-under-par and led for most of the day before the overnight leaders had chance to hit their stride.

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Harigae, who has only missed three fairways and three greens in regulation through 36 holes, explained her simple game plan after the round.

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“My caddie told me to aim right at it and that’s what I did.

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“Obviously hitting every fairway helps a lot. Irons were good. Wedges were really good. Made a couple good putts, like 15 footers, but also had a couple tap-ins.”

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Joh, who recorded a career-low 36 hole total in her ninth LPGA season was happy with her performance but cautious when looking ahead to Saturday.

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“I’ve played golf long enough to know that you’ve never really figured this game out. I know better than to go out there tomorrow and start strutting on the front nine.”

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Overnight leader Yu Lui overcame a pair of early bogeys to post a 3-under-par 69, finishing the day in T6 alongside compatriot Shanshan Feng.

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Native American sponsor invite Gabby Lemieux shot a second round 71 (-1) to finish at two-over-par for the tournament.

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70 players made it through to the weekend with players at -5 or better teeing it up on moving day at Thornberry Creek at Oneida.

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American Maddie McCrary and Thailand’s Pavarisa Yoktuan get play underway tomorrow at 9:45am.

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Watch the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic LIVE on the Golf Channel at the following times:á

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Saturday, July 6th & Sunday, July 7thá

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